Russian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton, lightning in Sochi

The Mercedes driver will start from pole on the tenth round of the tournament after setting a new record for the track.


English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) will start from pole position on Russian Grand Prix, tenth date of the World Cup F1, ahead of the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull) and the Finnish Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes).

With his pole number 96, the current world champion will start the event in a privileged place to try to match the German Michael Schumacher as the driver with the most races in the Great Circus (91). Verstappen, missing throughout the session, took advantage of a brilliant last lap to start in the front row.

But conquering pole and the new circuit record was not easy for the six-time world champion. During Q2, just at the exit of the third corner, the German Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) went against the protections after performing a spin and the session was interrupted by a red flag.

Lewis HamiltonThat complicated Hamilton who was just about to make his only fast lap after he was canceled the first for exceeding the limits of the track. With only two minutes to go in the phase, the Englishman closed a good lap and achieved the goal of being among the privileged ten to fight for pole position. He was fourth in Q2 that had the Australian in front Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), followed by Bottas and the Spanish Carlos Sainz (McLaren).

Ricciardo set the first reference time in Q3, but Hamilton appeared to take the lead and improve his time to set the track record in 1:31.304. However, after the session an investigation was announced about him for not respecting the orders of the Race Direction to join the track at Turn 2.

Verstappen, meanwhile, asserted his great last lap to be second, just ahead of Bottas. The Mexican Sergio Pérez (Racing Point), Riccardo, Sainz, the French Esteban Ocon (Renault), the British Lando Norris (McLaren), the French Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri) and the Thai Alexander albon (Red Bull) rounded out the Top 10.

The race will start on Sunday at 9.10 from Argentina and you can follow her through Automundo here!.

RUSSIA GRAND PRIZE RANKING 2020

pos. No. PILOT CAR Q1 Q2 Q3 VTAS.
1 44 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:32.983 1:32.835 1:31.304 19
2 33 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:33.630 1:33.157 1:31.867 21
3 77 Valtteri Bottas MERCEDES 1:32.656 1:32.405 1:31.956 19
4 11 Sergio Perez RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:33.704 1:33.038 1:32.317 15
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RENAULT 1:33.650 1:32.218 1:32.364 15
6 55 Carlos Sainz MCLAREN RENAULT 1:33.967 1:32.757 1:32.550 15
7 31 Esteban Or with RENAULT 1:33.557 1:33.196 1:32.624 20
8 4 Lando Norris MCLAREN RENAULT 1:33.804 1:33.081 1:32.847 19
9 10 Pierre Gasly ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:33.734 1:33.139 1:33.000 21
10 23 Alexander Albon RED BULL RACING HONDA 1:33.919 1:33.153 1:33.008 19
11 16 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:34.071 1:33.239 10
12 26 Daniil Kvyat ALPHATAURI HONDA 1:33.511 1:33.249 16
13 18 Throw Stroll RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES 1:33.852 1:33.364 11
14 63 George Russell WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:34.020 1:33.583 11
15 5 Sebastian Hag FERRARI 1:34.134 1:33.609 11
16 8 Roman Grosjean HAAS FERRARI 1:34.592 7
17 99 Antonio Giovinazzi ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:34.594 6
18 20 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:34.681 8
19 6 Nicholas Latifi WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:35.066 5
20 7 Whom Raikkönen ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI 1:35.267 5

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